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If you’re in charge of putting together favors for a bridal shower, I’ve got you covered. As someone who has been to dozens and dozens of bridal showers, I can tell you that these are the most fun and well-received party favors out there. They’ll keep things personal and make your guests feel loved. So let’s get started!
Bath bombs are popular and easy to make. They’re also fun to use, because they fizz, smell good and make you feel like a kid again. Bath bombs are a great way to relax after a long day or just pamper yourself after the stress of planning a wedding. In addition to giving them out as favors, it would be nice (and considerate!) if you could add one for every guest on the table at your bridal shower.
You could go all out with specialty ingredients and packaging or keep it simple with just some cute paper bags from the dollar store—either way is fine!
HANDWRITTEN GIFT TAGS
- What to include on the tags:
The two most important elements of any gift tag are a small description of the gift, and the giver’s name and contact information. If you’re tying your tags onto packages that are already wrapped (such as a cake), don’t forget to include the person’s name in big lettering so they can easily read it!
- How to write the tags:
A lot of brides-to-be will ask for you to write out their guests’ names on small pieces of paper or note cards, which can make it awkward trying to keep track of them all at once. To avoid this problem entirely, just take photos with each guest individually so that when writing out your thank-you notes later on in life there won’t be any confusion about whose card belongs where!
CUPCAKE IN A JAR
Cupcake in a Jar is a great idea for a bridal shower. You can make it yourself, or buy it pre-made. You can use your favorite flavor of cupcake and any kind of jar (I personally recommend glass jars).
All you need to do is bake the cupcakes according to the recipe on the box, but after they’re cooled off, cut them into pieces and put them into the jars!
FLIP-FLOP KEY CHAIN
A simple flip-flop keychain is a great way to use up old flip-flops and give your guests something they can use later. To make one, all you need are flip flops and ribbon.
- Take an old pair of flip flops that have been worn out and cut off the strap
- Use that same piece of fabric to tie around the top of a new pair of flip flops (or any other item with a hole in them)
- Attach a key ring or clip to the ribbon
MONOGRAMMED WRAPPING PAPER
- Monogrammed Wrapping Paper
This is not just the most elegant way to wrap your gifts; it’s also an easy way to decorate your home with custom wrapping paper. The process is simple, and you can even make more than one sheet at once by using multiple colors of cardstock, or by using a stencil and dyeing them all at once! For this tutorial, we will be using three different colors of A4 cardstock from Hobby Lobby (about $2 for 25 sheets). You can use any size you like—it doesn’t matter if it’s too small for your gift or too big—but if you want the design to look good when displayed on a shelf, consider making a square piece instead of a rectangle.
- How To Make Your Own Monogrammed Gift Bag
If you don’t have time or money to buy cute little bags and boxes then why not try making them yourself? This is super easy – all it takes is some tissue paper and some ribbon/twine along with some glue dots (you could also use hot-glue). If possible try searching through local dollar stores for cheap supplies that match your theme color scheme!
CANDY SLEEVE RECIPE CARD HOLDER
You can make your own candy sleeve by taking a piece of parchment paper and wrapping it around the candy to make a tube, then cutting around the edges. You can also buy them at craft stores, supermarkets, party stores and drugstores.
CHAMPAGNE SEED PACKETS
Champagne seeds are a great way to give guests a special treat. They’re easy to make and can be customized to fit your bride’s theme. All you need is some seed packets, ribbon, and a glue gun. You can also add in some champagne bottles if the shower is being held at home.
MINI LIQUOR BOTTLES
This is the easiest way to make mini liquor bottles. You can buy a kit or mold and just follow the instructions! That’s it!
ANTI-STRESS SQUEEZE TOYS
Stress balls are a simple, inexpensive way to show your gratitude for the bride and groom. They’re also useful for helping pregnant women relieve stress, so they can be given at a baby shower or as favors at a bachelorette party. If you want to get really fancy with your favor idea, customize them with the bridal couple’s monogram! These little stress balls can also be used by people who suffer from anxiety or depression—they’re small enough to fit in pockets and purses, but still large enough so that when squeezed they offer some relief from tension.
Personalized coasters are a great favor to give at a bridal shower. They’re easy to make, can be personalized with your own message, and will look great on any coffee table in your friends’ homes! Here’s what you need:
- Coasters (you can find them at your local craft store)
- Paint pens or Sharpies (the kind that write on plastic)
- Paper towels or rags for cleaning up excess paint
- ScissorsYou’ll also want a place to store the finished product until it’s time for the party. Try an empty tissue box lined with tissue paper as shown above; this makes sure that each coaster is protected from getting dirty during storage or shipping.
LIP BALM, CHAPSTICK, OR GLOSS
- Lip balm, chapstick, or gloss. These are all great options for bridal shower favors to give at a bridal shower because they’re easy to make and easy to personalize.
- Since you can find them just about anywhere, it’s also easier than ever before to get your lip balm packaged up and shipped out in time for the big day.
- If you don’t want to make your own lip balm from scratch (or if you’re not sure how), there are plenty of stores that sell personalized versions of this classic gift item for less than $10 per tube/container. At this price point, even if only half the guests bring back their favor by the end of summer—which may seem unlikely—you’ll still have plenty left over as extra party decorations or table accents!
Soap sets are a great party favor for a bridal shower. They’re not only useful and practical, but they also make for a fun activity for your guests to enjoy!
You can create soap sets with any combination of ingredients that you want: vegetable oil, natural oils (like olive oil), lye water (sodium hydroxide mixed with water), colorants, herbs or essential oils.
Soaps can be made in many different shapes—rounds, squares, bars and more—and sizes from small pieces to bath bombs (which are much larger). So they can come in all sorts of containers too; mason jars work well because it’s easy to store them later on if you don’t have room at home right away; plastic cups are another option if your budget is tight–just remember NOT TO USE GLASS! These will explode due to the high temperatures involved when making soaps–it’s happened before…
PARASOLS OR UMBRELLAS (FOR WARMER MONTHS)
Parasols and umbrellas are fun, colorful and practical. They’re also perfect for a bridal shower as they can be personalized with the bride’s name or initials, attached to a handlebar, or come in fun shapes. If you’re giving a parasol that needs to be held up by hand—and not used as an umbrella—make sure it has a strong enough handle so it doesn’t bend under pressure.
If your friend is someone who might need an extra hand with her gifts (especially if she isn’t the type of person who would carry an umbrella around), consider adding some monogrammed napkins or cloths to this gift box (or simply add them on top of everything else).
Bridal shower favors don’t have to be expensive, and there are lots of ways to personalize a great gift for your guests.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money on favors, and there are lots of ways to personalize a great gift for your guests.
- Buy in bulk. You can save money by buying items in bulk and setting up a station where guests can choose their own favors. Think about things like candy, coffee mugs and tea towels with personalized messages on them. If you’re hosting an outdoor wedding shower, consider making flower arrangements at the event or picking up discount flowers from local florists (usually they’ll be able to deliver). Make sure that whatever you choose is something guests will actually use—if they aren’t interested in it, it may end up being tossed aside as soon as everyone leaves!
- Create new favors from found objects: Take old wine bottles or other decorative objects and turn them into one-of-a-kind gifts by adding ribbon or stickers with a message on top using Mod Podge or similar sealant products; then fill each bottle with personalized goodies like chocolate covered pretzels or candied nuts.”
These are just some ideas you might use, but they should inspire you to come up with your own creative bridal shower favors. You’re welcome to get as creative or as simple as you want, and everyone will appreciate the gesture.
BONUS: Your bridal party can also get involved in giving gifts to guests! If you have a tight budget for your shower, consider asking your maid of honor and bridesmaids to bring along their own favors for guests. Not only will this reduce your stress and save time, it also gives people a chance to contribute something special from the heart that shows how much they care about celebrating the bride-to-be.